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Ocean literacy

The ocean is a source of life for human beings. It gives us food, oxygen and energy. It is home to many species and acts as climate regulator. Understanding how we influence the ocean and how the ocean influences us is at the core of ocean literacy. This understanding allows us to make responsible choices to protect our ocean better and to use the opportunities it offers in a sustainable manner. Thereby, it as also contributing to the improvement of the well-being of people, as envisioned in the European Green Deal.

The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean) connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone!

It combines EU-wide activities with actions dedicated to the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean (including the North Sea), the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the global ocean.

The coalition consists of three components:

 

Other initiatives by DG MARE also contribute to ocean literacy such as:

  • The European Atlas of the Seas which is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It aims to raise long-term awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy.

 

  • A European event to engage youth in developing ideas for the sustainable use of the marine environment and resources while minimizing the negative impacts of human activities, is the Hack4Oceans. This 2-day Youth Innovation Event will give young participants across Europe the possibility to learn, explore and co-create opportunities for prosperity through ocean conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. The event will bring together undergraduate students and professional stakeholders coming from the private sector, policy-making and academia.

Hack4oceans participants will develop ideas and solutions to several important and urgent challenges related to:

    • Marine Litter;
    • Alternative food from the ocean;
    • Ocean and Climate Change;
    • Protecting and Restoring Coastal Ecosystems.

Postponed due to Covid19, the Hack4oceans will take place in Brussels (BE) on 21 and 22 April 2021.

 

More information

Ocean Literacy Platform

European Atlas of the Seas

EMFF Datahub

Title
The Charter for the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”

Sign up to the event!

Start date: 30/06/2022 - 15:00
Last update: 22/06/22

OCEAN - An immersive exhibition about Europe’s maritime heritage

From 25 June to 10 July, the OCEAN exhibition made a stopover in Lisbon in Portugal

Last update: 22/06/22

Youth4Ocean Forum at the UN Ocean Conference 2022

On this occasion, the Youth4Ocean Forum invites you to participate in the events of which it is a partner

Last update: 22/06/22

Science Communication and Blue Storytelling – A training workshop for young people

A side event at the United Nations Ocean Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 28th June 2022, 10:00 – 13:00

Start date: 28/06/2022 - 10:00
Last update: 14/06/22

Take part in European Maritime Day 2022 in Cyprus!

“European Maritime Day in Cyprus” will take place on 9-13 June 2022 in Larnaca. Discover the many activities on the agenda!

Start date: 09/06/2022 (All day)
Last update: 09/06/22

The Ocean as a global common - connecting generations of stakeholders through storytelling

Youth4Ocean Forum Side event at the UN OCEAN CONFERENCE Lisbon, Portugal | 30 June 2022

Last update: 30/05/22

Calling for volunteers to play with us! European Atlas of the Seas game

Experience science & research from behind the scenes of the European Atlas of the Seas! We are looking for teachers who would love taking their classroom on a wild science ride!

Start date: 10/06/2022 - 12:30
Last update: 26/05/22

The EU4Ocean coalition fosters Ocean Literacy Dialogues at UNOC

On June 29, from 18:00 to 20:00, join the EU4Ocean coalition and IOC-UNESCO for the "Ocean Literacy Dialogues" side event at the Pavillion of Knowledge.

Start date: 29/06/2022 - 18:00
Last update: 26/05/22

Winners of the “EU4Ocean in Action” Awards announced!

The EU4Ocean coalition honours the initiatives that best reflect the spirit and principles of the EU4Ocean coalition, and that have mobilised very diverse representatives of the Coalition's various communities.

Last update: 20/05/22

Youth4Ocean Forum awards Young Ocean Advocates for their outstanding projects

As part of EU4Ocean award process, a jury met to pre-select five projects of Young Ocean Advocates (cf. Terms of Reference for process and assessment criteria) which would then be submitted to the final EU4Ocean Awards.

Last update: 13/05/22

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